Thomas Atkinson

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Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Arden Hills, MN

Atkinson Gerber Law Office
 | 6 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 225
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Phone: 651-333-3636
Fax: 651-304-1720
Selected To Super Lawyers: 1998, 2000, 2015 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 1999, 2006 - 2008
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant
    Attorney Profile

    The founder of Atkinson Gerber Law Office, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Thomas A. Atkinson has practiced workers' compensation law for more than two decades. In addition to his primary focus on workplace injury law, Mr. Atkinson also offers representation in matters involving Social Security Disability Insurance. The workers' compensation and disability issues he handles include medical benefits, rehabilitation, light-duty work, benefits discontinuance and involve various disability types ranging from temporary partial to permanent total. Mr. Atkinson provides representation to individuals throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. In addition to serving clients in the Twin Cities, his firm has handled cases in Rochester, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Duluth and northern Minnesota's Iron Range.

    Through his past representation of employers and insurance companies in numerous workers' compensation cases, Mr. Atkinson has gained a valuable perspective that helps inform his current legal strategy. Similarly, his own personal experience with a work-related injury has given him firsthand knowledge of the challenges his clients face. This combination of personal and professional experience has helped Mr. Atkinson provide clients with compassionate representation while building a comprehensive case on their behalf. Today, he focuses solely on representing injured workers and disabled individuals and no longer provides legal services to insurers or employers. The fact that many of his cases come to him through referrals from other lawyers serves as a testament to his sterling reputation among his peers.

    Mr. Atkinson graduated from Mitchell Hamline Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1993 with a Juris Doctor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Workers' Compensation: Claimant

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Super Lawyers: 1998, 2000, 2015 - 2020 Rising Stars: 1999, 2006 - 2008

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    About Thomas Atkinson

    Admitted: 1993, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.mndisability.com/Attorney/Thomas-Atkinson.shtml

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy - Baltimore, Maryland, 1995

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Minnesota State Bar Association - Chair of Insurance for Members Committee, 2003
    • Minnesota State Bar Association - Board of Insurance For Members Committee, 2002
    • Minnesota Association for Justice - Board of Governors, 2012
    • Minnesota Association for Justice - Member, 2009

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • I spoke with Dr. Nick Wills from Summit Orthopedics on the issues of vocational rehab and QRC involvement in Minnesota workers compensation matters., Lecture, The Pitfalls of Vocational Rehab, Live Lecture St. Paul Hotel, Minnesota Vocational Rehabilition QRCs And Insurance Adjusters, 2015

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Obtained approval and treatment for signficant upper extremity injury, wage loss and penalties at an Administrative Hearing before a compensatoin judge resulting in payment of benefits in excess of $100,000.  , 2018
    • In 2018 our firm has recovered over $10,000,000 in benefits for our clients.  My largest personal settlement was nearly $500,000 for the dependent child of a worker killed on the job.  , 2016
    • Rossbach v. Rossbach Construction (MN WCCA November 2, 2017).  Successfully argued that an employee's claim that had been closed for many years should be reopened after discovering potential mistakes by a compensation judge in approving a workers compensation settlment., 2017
    • Mee Lee Thao v. Syovis Life Tech, (WCCA September 2, 2016), Minnesota Workers Compensation Court of Appeals.  Reversed the compensation judges decision, finding a compensable injury and awarding various medical benefits to injured worker., 2016
    • Doug DeKeyrel v. Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors and Travelers Group (WCCA November 16, 2016).  Successfully appealed decision of compensation judge's Order denying permanent total disability.  Workers Compensation Court of Appeals unanimously overturned compensation judge's determination and awarded permanent total disability., 2016

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Mee Lee Thao v. Syovis Life Tech, (WCCA September 2, 2016), Minnesota Workers Compensation Court of Appeals.  Reversed the compensation judges decision, finding a compensable injury and awarding various medical benefits to injured worker. Doug DeKeyrel v. Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors and Travelers Group (WCCA November 16, 2016).  Successfully appealed decision of compensation judge's Order denying permanent total disability.  Workers Compensation Court of Appeals unanimously overturned compensation judge's determination and awarded permanent total disability., 2016

    Videos:

    • Clients often tell me that they can't afford to hire a work comp lawyer.  My response is they can't afford not to and they will never have to pay a retainer or write me a check for my services.  We only get paid if there is a dispute and a decision in favor of our client or a settlement., How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Work Comp Lawyer, Workers Compensation, 2017
    • The lawyers and staff at Atkinson Law treat all of their clients with respect and compassion they deserve.  Workers compensation may not be a "fair" system but we work hard to find a reasonable resolution to their disputes., Atkinson Law - The Compassionate Work Comp Lawyers, 2016
    • I was an injured worker just like you who now is attorney devoted to helping you the injured woker., Injured Worker Just Like You, Workers Compensation, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, B.A. in History, 1990

    Industry Groups

    • Minnesota Association For Justice
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    Office Location for Thomas Atkinson

    6 Pine Tree Drive
    Suite 225
    Arden Hills, MN 55112

    Phone: 651-333-3636

    Fax: 651-304-1720

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